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on cell phone use be behind the wheel be on the way? we'll take a look at all that stuff this morning and developing right now, nbc news confirmed that nine u.s. troops are dead after a predawn helicopter crash in afghanistan. jong yang is live in kabul. >> that's right, thomas. the taliban quickly made phone calls to news organizations, including nbc news, here in kabul to claim responsibility. to say that they shot this helicopter down. the military says not so. they say there was no reports of, no reports of any enemy fire before the crash, before the helicopter went down. the taliban often exaggerates its role and claims responsibility for things that actually turn out to be accidents and, actually, most helicopter crashes here in afghanistan have turned out to be accidents. maintenance issues, also the dust that fills the air here just grinding up the helicopters and their rotors. this was in zabul province. a province in southeastern afghanistan. an area where the taliban is in control of a lot of the territory. it's next to kandahar province and a name people are more familiar.
nation." the conferences going on all day here. secretary of education arne duncan will join us this half hour. i'm chuck todd. >> good morning. i'm savannah guthrie. let's get to the rundown. at the top for us, the top love message out of the white house. first vice president biden telling progressives, stop whining. now the president in a new interview out this morning says it is inexcusable and irresponsible for them to sit out the midterms. in "rolling stone" the president says there may be complaints about us not having gotten certain things done, not fast enough, not making certain legislative compromises but he goes on to say if people want to take their ball and go home, that tells me folks weren't serious in the first place. in the meantime, the vice president on with lawrence o'donnell last night explained those whiner comments. >> there's some on the democratic base, not the core of it, that are angry because we didn't get every single thing they want. it's time to just buck up here, understand that we can make things better. continue to move forward. >> the president, meanwhil
in your presence. the young turk. that does it for us. "hardball's" up right now. >>> tea party on the delaware. let's play "hardball." >>> good evening,. the little state that could. will delaware be the one to make or break the conservatives chances of taking over the u.s. senate this year? tonight, we get the results of the big tea party challenge of christine o'donnell to possibly win the republican nomination for senate over mike castle. if she does, it will be the eighth time in this political season that a far right of center beat out the favorite for a gop nomination. we'll look at all the big races in seven states tonight and the district of columbia and what's at stake. also, there's a great political battle brewing over taxes. my question. who wins if congress fails to stop this tax hike if nothing gets done, who wins then? who wins if the tax cuts are extended for all of us. and harry reid exchanges tweets with lady gaga. he says he'll try to get a vote this week on ending don't ask, don't tell. could this be about the election? why not just get rid of it period. we'
, savannah. this was the worst helicopter crash in about four years for u.s. troops. nine troops dead. this happened in zabul province, which is in the south-southeastern section of afghanistan. an area where the taliban controls much of the territory and where coalition forces have been stepping up their attempts to push the taliban out. we are told this crash happened about 4:00 this morning, local time. the military says that there were no reports of enemy fire. that the crash is still under investigation. now, despite the fact that there were no reports of enemy fire, the taliban has called news organizations, including a call here at nbc news in kabul, to claim responsibility for the attack. they say they shot the helicopter down. the taliban often does that, claims responsibility for things that turn out to be accidents. and indeed, most of the helicopter crashes here have turned out to be accidents. maintenance problems, the incredible amount of dust in the air. this is the deadliest year for coalition forces. after today's crash, 525 coalition forces have died this year. 351 o
30 years in prison for a crime they say they never committed. >>> great to have you with us, everybody. just weeks before the midterm elections both republicans and democrats are trying to figure out whether the tea party movement will help or hurt them. there's so much discontent over the economy and high unemployment that americans are telling us in poll after poll that the status quo just won't work any more. in the politco george washington battleground poll only 28% said the country was headed in the right direction. 63% said it was on the wrong track. a brand-new poll out today gives us insights as to how they're feeling about the tea party. chief washington correspondent nora nor norah o'donnell joins me now. tell me what it gives us as we're heading into november. >> it reflects what we've seen in our poll, a lot of americans are fed up with the direction of this country. they don't trust washington. they don't trust big institutions. and they want change. and then you see segments of the voting population that not only want change, but they are mad as hell and that
the koran here in the u.s. >>> and it is described today as a wall of flames. the wind-whipped wildfires blazing in colorado. good morning. it is tuesday, september 7th, 2010. i'm savannah guthrie. >> i'm chuck todd. it is 56 days to election day. by the way, hi. >> i know. good to see you. been a listening time. >> let's get to the rundown. labor day of course signals the start of the campaign season and the white house is being greeted with a rash of bad news. after a devastating august where every day brought more bad economic data, the first tuesday in september brings our new poll and the news for president obama and the democrats is worse than the democrats had feared. mark murly is nbc news deputy political director. mark, give us the four big top lines which basically signal that unless democrats change a trajectory here, republican tidal wave is coming in november. >> you are exactly right. tough numbers for the democrats. president obama's approval rating's at 45% which is down 2 points from the last poll in early august. but his approval on the economy and his economic hailing
. >> that's exactly why -- >> how you used to be a witch? >> because i dabbled into witchcraft. i hung around people who were doing these things. >> having fun? >> i'm not making this stuff up. i know what they told me they do. how many of you didn't hang out with questionable folks in high school? but, there's been no witchcraft since. if there was, karl rove would be a supporter now. >> there woo we have the original statement in 1999. how to this wcheekend's rebutta of that. kelly what do we make? is this a quick way of dispelling that video clip from 1999, to make light of it this weekend? when i talked to christine about various clips, not this one in particular, she says that she was trying to be a pundit and entertaining guest when she appeared on bill maher's show about two dozen times in the late '90s. when you talk about things like witchcraft, when trying to be a credible, serious candidate, 11 years later that is difficult. she did try to make light of it and to brush it off as activities that she did when she was in high school and then trying to have kind of the political
>>> tensions running high in europe right now over fears of a possible tror attack and is the u.s. at risk, too? >>> plus, a super soaker. tropical depression number 16 dwumping on a ton of rain on florida right now and then expected to head right up the east coast. >>> bristol palin's ex meets our own lawrence o'donnell. this one you want to see, believe me. >>> good wednesday morning, i'm chris jansing. live from msnbc world headquarters in new york. well, with the potential republican takeover of congress breathing down his neck, a newly energized and clearly fired up president obama is back on the road and he's got an awful lot at stake. this is the barack obama that fired up an electorate and took the white house. >> the prediction among the pundits is, this is going to be a blood letting for democrats. that's what they're saying in washington. we can't let this country fall backwards because the rest of us didn't care enough to fight. the stakes are too high for our country and for your future and i'm going to get throughout and fight as hard as i can and i know you are, too
intrigue on the internal anxiety over the afghanistan war. >>> plus -- >> she quit working for us and worked only for herself. what kind of political admaker turns an opponents head into a giant, floating blimp? you will meet the man. good morning, everyone. i'm savannah guthrie. >> i'm chuck todd. by the way, yesterday was the last day of summer, so why not have reports about the last day of summers. we're about 40 plus days to election day. we're going to begin with another palace intrigue story. that's the bob woodward book. the news is already started to leak out thanks to the "new york times" finding the book in it. in it, some of the battles within the obama administration over the war. vick, it looks like woodward is creating characterable moments about things that have leaked out. >> that's a good way to put it. bob woodward has done it again, you guys. appare apparently, a lot of west wing china got broken. you remember those three-hour strategy sessions in the basement of the west wing last fall. apparently now, it was an administration at odds with it. at one point, the
. they do not. you can say they are. >> that is the case, senator. >> major mike almy joins us live. >>> and the senator standing for reelection by write-in scores a sad own goal against her own campaign. the "the rachel maddow show" starts right now. >>> today in the united states senate, language in the defense authorization bill that would let the military "don't ask, don't tell" fell to defeat. senate republicans, in fact, took the historic step of filibustering the entire defense authorization bill in order to maintain the "don't ask, don't tell" policy. they would not even allow debate on the defense bill because it included that language to let the military repeal its own policy on keeping gay people out of the military. and so we don't have a bill to fund the military this year. at least so far. and the "don't ask, don't tell" policy lives. what happens next? well, here is a clue. when i interviewed vice president joe biden less than a week ago, i asked him why if the administration was so opposed to "don't ask, don't tell," why were they still implementing it? why were they
the offensive against al qaeoda. >> they may seek to strike fear in us but they are no match for our resilience. we do not seccumb to fear nor will we squander the optimism that has always us as a people. >> nbc's mike viqueira is live at the white house for us. good afternoon you to, mike. earlier in the day as you know the president acknowledged it is a very difficult time for the untry but what was the message here? >> well, alex, first all, you know, not only is it a day of rembrances and commemoration but the president has declared this a daye of service as well. and to that end the president after he spoke with the pentagon went to a school, middle school here, the ron brown middle school in the rtheast quadrant of the city, and helped out for aew minutes painting a wall, help aing with renovations, and joe biden the vice president did the same or is scheduled to do the same in new york city. you're right, alex. today the president has a lot of -- a lot on his plate not only in observing 9/11 but in the context of which the 9/11 anniversary falls this year. there is the mosque controver
news deputy political director mark murray who joins us live from washington. let's break down what these results mean beginning in delaware. it was a huge tea party win, obviously. the question is, obviously, what will happen in the midterm? >> you know, richard, we just don't know right now. certainly the tea party has given republicans a jolt of enthusiasm and energy even in delaware. honestly, that's the republican party's biggest advantage heading into the midterm electrics. they're the ones who have the enthusiasm and the democrats don't. on the other hand, the tea party has given democrats an advantage in contests like delaware and kentucky and nevada where it's their candidates, the democratic candidates probably wouldn't have a chance to win or even be the favorites without the tea party candidates there. in delaware, for example, chris kuntz goes in as the fro front-runner in this contest. castle would have been the front-runner had he won. >> hey, mark, let's go to new york where we saw paladino come away with the winner there. >> that was just a shock. rick lazio has bee
following this story and he joins us now from decatur, georgia. ron, good morning. >> hey, thomas. good day to you. eddie long is one of the most popular ministers in this country he built a religious empire in the atlanta area and some say these are simple attempts to bring all of that down. >> somebody needs to celebrate that moment. somebody needs to bless god for that. >> reporter: he's hosted presidents like here at the funeral of coretta scott king. >> we thank the king family and we're in much prayer for you. >> reporter: he preaches to tens of thousands at his mega church outside atlanta. he counseled president clinton during the lewinsky scandal and an outspoken opponent of homosexuality. but today eddie long, who calls himself bishop, stands alone in the hot spotlight, sued in civil court by three former male members of his church for sexual coercion. no criminal charges have been filed. they say long introduced him to his world of luxury, private jets, rolls royces and even putting them on the church payroll while pressuring them into having sex. >> the bishop was grooming young
, not a run. i'm not getting on the train to da if there's running. >> there will be no running from us. we got a golf cart. i got, like, those tony soprano sweats, velour and we'll be smoking. we're in new york, we have msnbc and "time" magazine analyst laura halprin. chris jansing and in washington, d.c., nbc political analyst pat buchanan. i don't know if pat is lathered up by what happened last night. pat, we'll get to you in a minute. i was awakened though in the middle of the night by a three-alarm -- not tweet, a three-alarm column by mark halprin, framing last night in opinion pox lip tick terms for the republican party. >> so apocalyptic. republicans were taking a senate seat, there was a building block to get back to the senate majority. it's gone barring some truly unforeseeable development. absolute binary switch. republicans now almost impossible to come up with a way they get the ten-seat majority. in the longer term it shows the republican party has a huge problem. they've benefit friday the tea party movement so far. they'll benefit in november but maybe having a huge, huge
to the town. describe to us what you have seen. >> people really are here with hair on their arms burned off and intense wall of heat. everyone was running for their cars and out in the streets to get a source for the fire that quickly spread. it was difficult to outrun and many people jumped in their cars and barely made it out in the nick of time. no one has been able to go back into the blast zone and everyone is unsure who made it out, who didn't make it out. there really is a bunch of confusion. folks are trying to look for answers and they are hoping to get that at the press conference that should start in a few minutes. >> miguel, thank you so much. we want to let people know we will take that news conference live when it happens. >>> florida pastor terry jones has issued a new ultimatum and the clock is ticking, literally. the man at the center of the new york mosque controversy, imam feisal was told to call them and let them know whether or not the proposed cultural center will be moved further from ground zero. here's what had he to say. >> it's crystal clear. it's 1:20 right now a
on over an hour. the term wide ranging is going to be used a lot. >> how about long-winded. >> we had a ton of topics, the first focused on the economy, one or two on the pastor, and more on the growing phobia with islam around the country. i would say he was most passionate at the end when he made a case for the right and religious freedom and for the rights of muslim americans to have the same rights as everyone else in the country. the passion he showed there was probably greater than he answered on any other question. frankly it's interesting. he mixed it. it was passionate and mixed in with patriotism in a way even some of his critics on this issue will say it was a very eloquent answer to say the least. >> in contrast to that, let's see what his passion, quote, unquote, was, when talking about stimulus and job growth. let's watch. if you want the same kind of skewed policies that led us to this crisis, republicans are ready to offer those. if you want policies that are moving us out, even though you're frustrated, change isn't happening as fast as you would like, then i think de
in the midterms. stay with us. see you tomorrow night on "the ed show." >>> vote union. let's play "hardball." >>> good evening, i'm chris matthews up in new york. whose side are you on? could tough times turn out to be the firewall democrats have been looking for? could economic resentiment have an anti-big shot sentiment that breaks the republican surge? white working class voters, unions are working hard to keep them in the democratic column. can they do it? >>> plus, just as democrats try to turn the tables on republicans over the economy, some top republicans are suddenly adopting gay marriage as a conservative cause. more and more elite republicans are saying government should support marriage, period. who saw that coming? >>> also about last night, president obama's speech on iraq pleased the right wing and enraged the left. how did that happen? >>> plus, busted. we've got the goods on that whopper that glenn beck told at his rally on saturday. and let me finish with some advice on democrats how they can deny republicans all-out victory this november. let's start with what labor is do
us now from capitol hill with more. good morning. >> reporter: good morning. the president has a problem because increasingly democrats also disagree with him over taxes, and republicans are digging in, not good signs for a compromise seven weeks before an election. >> reporter: how to win a tax fight and an election. first, solidify the base. >> don't forget who is standing with you and who is standing against you. >> reporter: then put pressure on your opponents. >> we simply don't have time anymore to play games. >> reporter: extending tax cuts to americans earning over 250,000 has become the lightning rod for a nasty part season fight headed into november. more than two dozen democrats now disagree with president obama. republicans are not wavering. >> republicans are united. no tax increases on nobody. >> reporter: even house leader john boehner, who suggested sunday he might support the president, is now backing off. >> if it's your only option as you said sunday, would you vote -- >> i want to extend all of the current tax breaks. >> reporter: tuesday's primary appears t
be forced to resign by the new congress. >> wow. republicans, well, they warned us that the health care law would turn america socialists, communist, facist and we're still a democracy and a big vote coming up in november. nobody, keep in mind, no one is going to be pulling the plug on grandma tomorrow. and nobody is getting between you and your doctor. here's the president again on that issue. >> you're going to be able to choose your doctor and not have to go through some network in an emergency situation as a consequence of these rules. so it gives customers more choice and more options. >> now, that's the best package we can sell to the american people on this health care bill in just a short period of time here on tv tonight. now, i've been saying that the administration needs to go out and sell what this health care reform actually does for people. and i think the president nailed it today. he hit it out of the park. now he needs to stay on offense. republicans and the tea party are the same thing. there is no difference, and there's no difference in the way that they think when it co
surprise to me. what else? >> tommy says i'm awake because my neighbor used the hot tub to make chilli and it exploded in the middle of the night. >> that tells you everything you need to know about new york jets fans, using their hot tub to make chilli for a football party. it's time for education. "morning joe" starts right now. >>> we have gotten so used to failure. we tolerate failure in places like d.c. and central harlem, detroit. we tolerate that failure. we have to say to this nation, no more, there's no downside to failure. you can fail those kids for another 20 years. everybody keeps their job. >> it's about jobs. >> no business in america would be in existence if it ran like. this we can't have our school system running like this. >>> welcome to a special edition of "morning joe." we're live. do you know where we are, joe? >> i have no idea. >> education plaza. learning plaza. are you going to learn something, boys, today? >> no. willie, how were you in school? >> good, not great. >> i was bad, not good. >> you were? >> yeah. >> you'll learn something today. i think you migh
>>> uncle bill's well-tried advice. let's play "hardball." good evening. i'm chris math use up in new york. bill clinton pitching coach, former president clinton who outsmarted republicans who tried to make him a one-termer has some political advice for president obama. he said there's still time to for obama to hold off for republican tidal wave but he says the only way to stop that republican wave is to tell voters not to let their disappointment cloud their judgment that obama's got plain to voters that our economy is improving faster than most of the worlds. that he's got to be optimistic about the future of this country and make the argument about republican ideas being no good. he's also got to nationalize the midterms in 1994. that's the advice today. and the president has to ask for two more years to get the job done. can this president pull off a popularity comeback in the way bill clinton did? that's our top story. plus, house republicans unveil their pledge to america today and it could be the biggest cover-up since watergate. it showcases all the predictable soft se
and we want to get jobs in america. >> it sounded to us yesterday like there was a willingness by the -- by congressman boehner to go to the president's position of keeping middle class tax relief inplace. >> all right. that's what happened over the weekend. msnbc political analyst richard wolffe joins us from the white house north lawn. when we hear this, sounds like it's couched in a quiet way by john boehner. is this really a signal for compromise? a lot of folks asking that. >> reporter: well, that's a great question. it's campaign season, okay? so there was some signaling of compromise, boehner has said that, in fact, he is just trying to take a talking point away from the white house. there's all of this positioning going on. the point is he's trying to make himself look reasonable to the electorate, and in doing so he has just undermined what has been actually a very effective republican strategy for the last two years or so, which is so oppose t obama white house on significant measures, on big measures like tax cuts, and fiscal policy in tgeneral. ey are trying to say
? is the party's hold on both the house and senate in jeopardy? with us, charlie cook, editor of "the cook political report," erin burnett, anchor of msnbc's "street signs" and e.j. dionne from "the washington post" and rich lowry, editor of "national review." captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> good morning. president obama will spend next week talking up his proposals to improve the economy and lower the 9.6 jobless rate. "the new york times" reporting this morning that on wednesday in cleveland he will ask congress to extend a corporate tax credit for research and development. with the election season officially under way this labor day, the president must convince voters that democrats will offer the best prescription for turning the economy around and creating jobs. with us now from his home state of south carolina, republican senator lindsey graham. senator, welcome back to "meet the press." >> thank you. good morning. >> i want to start on the economy. the president reacting to the latest jobs numbers in the rose garden on friday offered this assessment of where things
,000 bail. we don't know if money was paid, who paid it. we think one of the gulf nations, oman. the u.s. government says it did not. and if it was paid if it was 500,000 or less. >> absolutely. we do have information from the swiss embassy who represents u.s. interests here that the om omani people were instrumental in securing her release. all indications are they did help with the bail. >> it's an amazing drama, and our focus does remain on josh and shane and the fact they are still in prison and, in fact, the prosecutor said today that they will have to stay in july for two more months. this is the first time we had an end date. it doesn't seem they will be released immediately. >> it's not such an ominous sign, because it's the first time they put a time frame on this, which could be a positive signal. >> thank you, ali arouzi, we'll have much more of your reporting on msnba and throughout the day and evening. now joining us is nicholas burns, former undersecretary of state who entered a lot of negotiations behind the scenes with the iranians over the years on issues as large as the
called what else, but the blue school. good to have you with us. tell us about the school itself and the goals of it and why you wanted to be a part of this. >> yeah, well, there were six of us who started the blue school, and three of us were founders of blue man group here in new york, and then our partners, and what we wanted to do was start a school that filled in the gaps of what -- the parts of our education we thought were missing. >> right. >> we had public education, we had private education. so we wanted to focus on creativity, sewing creativity into subject matter, having social and emotional learning, being on an equal weight of any academic subject and inquiry-based learning, and we wanted to talk to the children, the teachers, and the parents as a triad and build the school as a community. >> let's talk about the kids, though, because you went after the youth, the youngest ones. >> that's right. >> talking about 4, 5, 6-year-olds. why did you think it was early to target so young? >> it's very important in our view to star with this kind of approach right from the b
of taking over the u.s. senate this year? tonight, we get the results of the big tea party challenge of christine o'donnell to possibly win the republican nomination for senate over mike castle. if she does, it will be the eighth time in this political season that a far right of center candidate beat out the favorite for a gop senate nomination. are conservatives ready to dump anyone who even wants to talk to democrats? we'll look at all the big races in seven states tonight and the district of columbia and what's at stake at the top of the show. >>> also, there's a great political battle brewing over taxes. my question, who wins if congress fails to stop this tax hike if nothing gets done? who wins then? who wins if the tax cuts are extended for all of us? who wins in november? >>> and harry reid exchanges tweets with lady gaga over gays openly serving in the military. he says he'll try to get a vote this week on ending don't ask, don't tell. could this be about the election? why not just get rid of don't ask, don't tell, period. we'll be back at midnight tonight, 9:00 on the west c
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all of us and we hated him. again, it was so ugly. but, i always think -- you talk about james madison's vision for how it's supposed to work. even when you have people going like this, or maybe because you have people going like this, balanced the budget four years in a row, first time since the 1920s. welfare reform, two successful military campaigns, 22 million new jobs. a lot of different things. so yesterday the idea of the interview was we were going to figure out if bill clinton were president, what would he do to get this economy started? i would suggest the most important thing to talk about and, of course, he didn't disappoint, did he? >> no, he didn't. >> brilliant responses. and yet the rest of the day we were savaged. i was savaged with why didn't you bring up monica? why didn't you bring up impeachment. and then the left, why were you so critical of barack obama? which i wasn't. but does this none, jon meacham suggest what's wrong with this country? everybody, all the adults at least are focussed on how do we get the economy started again. how do we grow jobs. these harsh
reports are that the first suspect was using an automatic weapon. >> yeah, that initial report, thomas, now, again, we don't have that from law enforcement. so t could be anywhere from what you and i know to be a semiautomatic pistol all the way up to something like an automatic rifle, for example, an ak-47. we just don't know right now. what we do know is that this first individual, evidentally was making some kind of statement first by firing these rounds and, unfortunately, we said he fired them in the area, didn't shoot at anyone in particular but he turned the weapon on himself and killed himself. this second person he was allegedly seen with was that a friend or just another student or could that be another gunman? well, on that campus they just can't take the chance. right now you have this major search going on and you've got 50,000 students plus faculty and staff either hunkered down, locking themselves in place or being told to stay away from campus until this is resolved. >> clint, we'll ask you to stick with us throughout the hour as we get more information on this breaking
. he didn't use a word bullying but it was a message about that conduct. saying when your friends are doing well, don't be jealous of them, be proud of them. watch what they're doing and maybe you can learn something, too. so it's those kinds of sentiments we heard from the president today. should mention the president has been pushing hard on education reforms. his race to the top initiative, a competition for schools for federal funding that makes certain reforms. there's an election here in washington, d.c. today that a lot of people will be watching closely. mayor adrian fenty in a tough re-election battle. a lot of observers in local politics thinks he may not prevail. he hired the chancellor of washington schools. somebody the president and education secretary appointed to as somebody who is good on the issues of reform. we'll see if mayor fenty and michelle reid keep their jobs after today. >> savannah guthrie live at the white house. thank you. >>> an update on american sarah shourd. she's out of the iranian prison and speaking now for the very first time. >> i want to rea
's september 28. i'm keith olbermann, good night and good luck. join us for the live edition of "countdown" every weeknight at 8:00 eastern, 5:00 pacific bchlt there. aloha. >>> battling for votes. he became the presidenter campaigning for change. now voters want change. >>> seeing red, a colombian bullfight turns deadly for rowdy speck tail tors. >>> and military mishap, two navy pilots under fire for lowering their choppers into lake tahoe. good morning to you. i'm veronica de la cruz, those stories for you straight ahead. this is "first look" on msnbc. >>> now, we begin this morning with desperate measures. president obama heads to the nation's heartland today where he will no doubt rake with republicans over the coals but they aren't the only ones in the hot seat. the president turned up the heat on his own party members yesterday hoping to obtain the support that won in the presidency. tracy potts has more for us now from washington. good morning, tracey. >>> buck up, president obama said in one interview. he's trying to reenergize this party with political tough love. >> i don't know
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feared. the storm is still kicking up dangerous rip currents, though. kevin is live for us in rockport, massachusetts. it looks pretty as a picture behind you. >> reporter: absolutely, you know. earl, we hardly knew you, thank goodness. because here in rockport, this harbor would be filled with boats and a lot of them have been pulled out of the water. and the good news is this morning that everything planned for rockport and the gloucester area out here in massachusetts is being put back on and all the labor day celebrations are going to be taking place. and they're going to be taking place as many people here breathe a sigh of relief. because this storm did go through here last night. it's gray and there's a little bit of rain coming down, but nothing like had been predicted all week long from this fierce force four hurricane that was going to be coming through here. fortunately, it was just sort of a storm when it came through here last night. and as you just mentioned, it's heading its way up north to canada towards halifax, and now people up there are being told to be on the looko
and mika have one more day off. heading into the weekend, luckily, chris jansing is here to save us. >> as good as you get? sorry about that! >> we have a great panel with us. andrew ross sorkin. mike crowley is here from "time" magazine and joining us political reporter bob costa. aever also from washington, d.c., sam stein. the average age on the set right now, 17 years old. >> they asked where are the grown-ups. i'm it. >> we have a lot to talk about this morning but the headline, chris, hurricane earl. >> what a mess is out out there. hurricane earl is racing up the east coast after lashing eastern north carolina with severe rain and powerful winds this morning. for more on how the northeast is preparing for the storm we turn to the weather channel's julie martin who is in ocean city, maryland. good morning. >> good morning, chris. yeah, we're next here at ocean city, m.d. i don't know if you've seen the video from cape hatteras but they are getting battered pretty good down there. and expecting more of the same heading this way to mid to late morning in ocean city. i want to sh
to have. but what i want to do is talk about what's coming up -- i want us to talk about what's at stake in this election because the people that potentially will take over if we don't focus on this election, i promise you will cut aids funding. >>> welcome to "morning joe." great to have you was. joe scar borrow with you along with mika brzezinski. tina brown of the daily beast and mark halprin with msnbc and "time" and willie geist. the founder, as jon meacham says t founder and publisher and host of "way too early." john writes in a critique every morning. >> that's great. >>> we have a big show today. we're going to be running back and forth to places. president bill clinton will be on the show later this morning. and we have a lot to talk about this morning. >> we do. you go first. >> we saw "waiting for superman" yesterday. actually the story dovetails nicely with the newark story today that's in the news. but wow. you walk out of it feeling really twisted up and angry. >> willie, we were all there, and i knew how it was going to end. people were telling me about the lottery for th
here's to the owners showing us the way. [trumpet playing "reveille" fades to silence] >>> break news. iran says it is ready to release a female u.s. hiker held for more than a year, but is there catch guahen. >>> new word on that massive fire near san francisco today. officials are now changing the number of those ad and missing. >> middle class families, middle class families. >> you got that in the middle class mantra. president obama plans another week pushing the economy. a report on the new message from the white house. >>> cashing in that sexy russian spy is back in the headlines. now it appears she is trying to make money in a new way. and good morning to all of you. welcome to msnbc sunday. breaking news out of iran this morning. officials now say they will release an american hiker held in that will country for more than a year. sarah shourd has been one of three detained since last year. her iranian lawyers say she could be released in the next two or three days, a major abo face for iran. she is one of three american hikers accused of spying. shane baueand josh fattal
shine in one use. real shine, for real life. yours. [ female announcer ] new aveeno nourish plus shine. >>> next on msnbc saturday, taking aim. president obama fires away on the gop pledge to america. also ahead, she's not footloose or fancy free, but lindsay lohan is out of jail again. coming up, how she got out this time. >>> plus parental misguidance. the fallout from a videotaped fight between two teen aged girls leaves one of their mothers facing charges of child abuse. >>> good morning, everyone. welcome to msnbc saturday. i'm alex witt. it is 11 a.m. precisely out here on the east coast. first we go washington. president obama slamming the gop over its newly unveiled agenda. house republicans first shared their pledge to america on th z thursday. it is a new way forward that hasn't been tried in washington. but this morning the president says, the pledge is full of old ideas. >> many were the very same policies that led to the economic crisis in the first place, which isn't surprising since many of the leaders were among the architects of that failed policy. >> good saturday mo
plaza as we focus on education. i'm glad you're up with us this morning watching on msnbc or listening live on sirius xm radio. in 30 minutes we'll talk to education secretary arne duncan as well as new jersey governor chris christie and corey booker. they're working together to fix the schools in newark with a little help from facebook founder mark zuckerberg. in a few minutes you'll meet the founder and principle of the new york harbor school, a public school that takes kids from rugged brooklyn and puts them on a ferry to school every day. we'll show you what they're doing right there. if you're just getting up or school or any other reason, shoot me an e-mail at waytooearly@- waytooearly@msnbc. we'll read the best responses as always later in the show. the next 30 minutes will be a cram session. a lot to tell you about today including one leading united states congressman calling stephen colbert's capitol hill testimony the other day an embarrassment. >>> plus, new york governor david paterson confronts his "saturday night live" likeness face to face in the "snl" season premiere. w
's tracie potts has more for us from washington. good morning to you. >> good morning. no decision on taxes. democratic leaders on both sides of congress said they would adjourn without dealing with that issue whether or not to extend the bush tax cuts past the end of this year. the house barely made it out, though, by one vote in what ended up being a referendum on taxes. after an impassioned speech by house minority leader john boehner, 39 democrats agreed with him but in the end decided to leave washington without dealing with that issue. but there was a flurry of activity on several other fronts. a nasa bill passed that will deal with the future of that program. major changes. it appears the shuttle and space station programs. also the house agreed to pass a bill to provide health care for 9/11 workers, for those who worked down at ground zero. finally, they agreed to a budget stop-gap measure that will allow the government to continue operating past today, which is the end of the fiscal year. so now lawmakers head home and they're dealing with an angry electorate just weeks before nove
yesterday. it was blocked by republicans who had some claiming democrats were using the issue to score political points. steve handelsman has more. >> i sat here today on two good legs again as a proud gay marine. >> reporter: democrats rolled out their big guns. eric alva, one of the first warriors hurt in battle. >> it did not matter. >> reporter: he got a medical discharge but since don't ask, don't tell took effect, 13,000 men and women have been kicked out of the military. >> it's long past time to repeal this policy which is both unjust, un-american and extremely hurtful to the effectiveness of our military. >> reporter: but republicans blocked a vote. >> the motion is not agreed to. >> reporter: john mccain opposes repeal. >> the senate goes down this path, we will be ignoring the views of the troops and casting aside the professional military advice by given by each of the four service chiefs. >> reporter: before president obama awarded a medal of honor, the marine he's chosen to keep in charge said don't let gays serve openly yet. >> we're not quite sure what the impact will b
.c. live with us this morning with the latest. good morning to you, tracie. >> veronica, good morning. what you'll see this morning will take on a distinct campaign trail feel, designed to use what worked for them two years ago during the presidential campaign, the president swinging through states to energize young voters and to sell his economic plan. part of that plan was helping small businesses. we saw that as he signed the small business bill into law yesterday, creating a $30 billion fund to give them more money to free up money for these businesses to expand and hire workers. today, president obama takes his message to albuquerque, new mexico, where he'll continue a series of backyard meetings with voters and have a big rally at the university of wisconsin later on tonight. as we get closer to the election, we're seeing the administration get much more aggressive in tone and message, vice president biden saying stop whining and look for alternatives out there. president obama calling pledge to america irresponsible. today, we'll find out what voters think consumer confidence numbers
spoke about the u.n. goals to reduce poverty and disease by 2015. he said the u.s. had developed its own policy changing the way it does business to help the country as well as the world reach those goals. today he is expected to focus on continuing rebuilding international relations and also paying attention to much of what's going on in the middle east, many of the foreign policy issues left over from the bush administration that are still ongoing that include the situation in iraq, combat units, of course, left there at the end of august but still 50,000 u.s. troops remain there training security forces, of course, troops in afghanistan have also been increased as well as the attacks from insurgents that have also increased in that region and, of course, there is also talk with north korea and iran that they're defying international pressure to stop their nuclear weapons programs and, of course, peace talks between israeli and palestinian leaders, got a jump start earlier this .but so far no more direct talks are planned. a lot for the president to tackle in just a few hours. >> miche
potts joins us there capitol hill with more. good morning. >> reporter: lynn, good morning. we have results from seven states including washington, d.c. where the city will will get a new mayor, one of several upsets during this primary election. >> don't ever underestimate the power of we the people. >> reporter: the tea party favorite who republicans said couldn't be elected dog catcher won the party senate nomination in delaware. and in new york, political newcomer carl polidino overcame his challenger's lead to become the republican's candidate for governor. >> if we've learned anything tonight, it's that new yorkers are as mads as hell. >> reporter: he'll take on andrew cuomo. also in new york, charlie rangel beat five other democrats and a dozen other ethics charges in his bid to stay in washington. >> no matter what they say, i go back to washington stronger than ever. >> reporter: in all, five states chose senate nominee and six more named candidates for governor. democrats are hoping to hold on to their majority. >> i'm not yielding one grain of sand. >> reporter: in d.c.'s
reach a boiling point. nbc's tracie potts joins us now from capitol hill. good morning. >> good morn pentagon. it's going to be a big day, a big week and a big season headed into the elections as congress tries to figure out whether or not to extend these bush tax cuts that are expiring at the end of the year. now, coming out of the weekend republican leader john boehner who had been critical of the president's plan signaled that he might support it in order to get something done before these tax cuts expire. but all hopes of a compromise were dashed when his party came out very strongly yesterday and said that these tax cuts must be preserved for everyone, the poor, the middle class, and, yes, the wealthy. those who make over $250,000. his party is not the only group to support that. we now know of at least three democrats who say, look, this is the wrong time with our economy still not on good footing to raise taxes. we need to preserve these tax cuts for everyone. so it's a fight not only against republicans but against some members of the democratic party as well. lynn? >> thanks
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